If you’ve been following the blog over the years you will know that I LOOOOVE to use dye to transform home decor. I’ve dyed curtains, rugs, bedding, and even my sofa! My go-to dye has always been Rit because it’s inexpensive and easily accessible. Luckily Rit heard about what a fan I am and asked me to be one of this year’s brand ambassadors so stay tuned for more projects!
This year is special because it’s Rit’s 100 year anniversary! To celebrate we teamed up to recreate one of their adorable vintage ads from 1962. This project was especially fun for me since I’m obsessed with mid-century advertisements and even keep a collection of them for inspiration.
I picked this one because the dining room set up reminded me a lot of my own, particularly the top right corner version. I already planned on dyeing curtains to match my artwork, so I went all-in and dyed a tablecloth and cloth napkins as well.
For the vibrant pink tablecloth and curtain I used a 50/50 mix of Rose Quartz and Petal Pink, and for the orange napkins I used a 50/50 mixture of Tangerine and Golden Yellow. I just mixed those up with hot water and a little dish soap right in my sink basin. I then soaked them in Rit’s dye fixative and rinsed with cold water. Easy peasy!
I love how everything ties together with the artwork and my vintage Burke chair pads. Now I just need to throw a little dinner party with a Jell-o salad and few cocktails ;).
OK, this gift guide is totally last minute, like my shopping. My gifts always arrive late, but to me that just extends Christmas a little more and you end up with a little New Years gift. Right??? I am who I am.
If you’re like me and still need gift ideas for the hip and happening people in your life here’s a list of some of my favorites!
Cone Vase by Baigelman Glass
Flamingo Tiki Glasses by Love and Victory
Hand Painted Plaques from Everyday is a Holiday
Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Chen
Subscription to Atomic Ranch Magazine
Betty Boomerang Subscription Box
Eliot Sunglasses from Hello Holiday
Ban.do Rose 17 Month AgendaFor the kids…
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Star Diner Restaurant
For the pet lover…
Modern Pet Feeder by modernmews
Roccbox Portable Pizza Oven
What’s on your list? Tell me some of your favorite things in the comments below!
It’s that time again! Christmas time! I love this time of year. No matter what is going on in life, good or bad, decorating my Christmas tree always cheers me up. This year we switched things up a bit and used our fake pink tree instead of trying to find a natural, flocked one here in the desert. We even got a rotating stand so the whole thing spins!
I badly needed a new tree skirt since my last DIY one got ruined during our move. Wahhh.
I used the same tutorial and materials as my previous no-sew felt Christmas tree skirt (pictured above), and put a different spin on it.
First you need a couple yards of 72″ felt. Then you make a circle in your desired size. I explain this in more detail here.
Then use pieces of felt in various colors to create curved rhombus shapes that were popular in the 50s and 60s.
Then just simply use fabric glue to adhere them to the felt skirt in whatever pattern you desire.
And there you have it! A quick and easy DIY tree skirt for your retro tree.
Happy tree trimming!
Be sure to tag your Christmas photos with #Krysmasgram on Instagram!
I finaallllyyyy get to show you guys our bedroom before and after reveal! Yay!
I didn’t think it would turn out to be my favorite room in our apartment, but I think it totally is. I was inspired by mid-century atomic and glam styles, and used green, pinks, and lots of gold elements as my palette.
Here’s what it looked like before:
Putting a bed in front of a window like this can look a little awkward, so the first thing I did was hung wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling shimmery coral-pink curtains and sheers from Target to frame the bed and disguise the window, while still letting tons of light in.
I used a fabric in a similar color to do a wall treatment in the vanity nook. I changed the built-in’s hardware to a vintage 1950/60s set that I found on Etsy and also changed the light to a beautiful brass Sputnik from Lucent Lightshop. The vanity chair is from Nate Berkus for Target.
I installed a beautiful metallic gold and white wallpaper from Tempaper (the same brand I used in my bathroom)! It’s so easy to work with and adds a lot of shine and pattern to the room, but isn’t overwhelming.Lamps are a vintage find from Etsy! Shades are from the Project 62 line at Target. Our bed frame is from Joybird. You know I love me some Joybird. We had our tv mounted in front of the bed for our viewing pleasure. To jazz up the boring closet doors I used metallic gold tape and changed the knobs out to starburst ones from Etsy. The oval starburst mirror is also from Joybird.
And there it is! Can’t wait to show you more rooms soon.
Make sure you’re following on Instagram and search the hashtag #Melodramaville to see more!
Just a quick update on Melodramaville today! I painted our front door a peachy pink (Peach Punch by Valspar to be exact) and added some trim molding for a little architectural detail.
Here’s what I started with:
A basic white door. I originally wanted to do something with more diamond shapes, but I found out while measuring for them that A) math is hard, and B) my doorbell and peephole are about an inch and a half off center. I compromised with one diamond in the middle and I actually prefer the simplicity of it now, so it worked out. I didn’t have the proper tools so the molding was a pain to cut, but I made it work. I just used basic trim from the hardware store. It’s something like $3 for an 8ft piece. I used heavy duty double stick mounting tape on the backs of the pieces to adhere it to the door. I rent so tape was the best and easiest solution and it’s holding up great so far.
I love the color it brings to this corner! Oh and it’s the same pink I used on this IKEA Hack bar cabinet which is right across from the door so it all ties together well. Just a few more things to finish up in here until it’s all done!
I’ve been redecorating my living room (and entire apartment tbh) and needed a new home bar set up. I’ve been using a bar cart for a few years, but I needed a better set up to store my liquor and glass collection. A bar cart wasn’t going to cut it anymore, so I went on a search for a cabinet. I’m no stranger to an IKEA hack, so I took a trip to IKEA and spotted the VALJE shelf and liked the size and set up of the shelves. It reminded me of some mid-century pieces I’ve seen in my vintage home decor magazines. It took about two minutes for me to figure out how I would transform it.
Paint. Quick and easy.
I didn’t take step by step photos because the process is really easy. All you have to do is spray paint the leg pieces gold and then put it all together by following the IKEA assembly instructions.
When it gets to the part where you insert the backboard, mark a line where the vertical shelves divide the board and then use paint to make the different colored squares. I got house paint samples in custom colors from Lowe’s and painted the cardboard side of the backboard with a few coats. Then insert the backboard and finish the remaining assembly instructions. If you already have this piece you can just carefully paint in the squares.
That’s it! Done!
I stocked it with liquor and filled the shelves with my favorite bar accessories and vintage glass collection.
I love the way it turned out! I used colors that would tie in with the colors used in the rest of the house. It’s one of the first things you seen when you enter my front door so I had to make sure it was good.
Stay tuned for more home updates and DIYs!
I can’t believe it has taken me this long to get this post up (long story), but I’m so excited to share this resort with you!
In February we took a road trip out to Orlando to visit family and had the opportunity to stay at the most adorable and fun mid-century inspired hotel. Cabana Bay Beach Resort is located in the Universal area and was the perfect place for us to spend the week. You don’t even need to leave the property! This resort has everything you need on-site to have an amazing time.
Inspired by the 50s and 60s, Cabana Bay is decked head to toe in colorful retro style. The property has two pools, seven eateries and lounges, a bowling alley, arcade, and fitness studio! I told you it has everything!
We stayed in a standard double room (but there are also suites with kitchenettes) in the Continental tower part of the hotel which had an amazing view of the lazy river pool. Every where you looked was mid-century goodness.
I loved walking around the property taking in all of the details. It was like mid-century heaven for me.One of my favorite parts was the bowling alley. We had SO much fun and great food and drinks there .Speaking of food and drinks, the hotel has the most adorable dining room where they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
And as for the drinks, the bowling alley serves up some strong novelty cocktails, but there’s also a pool side bar and a lounge in the lobby.
I didn’t take pictures of the pool areas in order to respect the other guests’ privacy, but they feature cabana rentals, a lazy river, and waterslides!
As you can see, this is my new favorite place to stay in Orlando. They recently opened a new water park that has a walkway connecting to Cabana Bay and I can’t wait to check that out during my next visit.
Thanks for an amazing stay Cabana Bay!